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**The Cosmic Tree of Life**

The ten yods in the tetractys symbolize the ten Sephiroth, each of which can be represented by a Tree of Life. Suppose, then, that we regard as a Tree of Life each of the 91 triangles (all 'yods' of tetractys arrays of ten triangles) in the Cosmic Tetractys representing differentiations of the Sephiroth of Construction. How many Sephirothic levels, or 'SLs,' are there in the 91 overlapping Trees of Life? The formula for the number N(n) of SLs in n overlapping Trees of Life is*:

N(n) = 6n + 4.

Therefore, N(91) = 550. As will be proved in this section, the number 550 is embodied in all
sacred geometries because they are equivalent maps of all levels of reality — physical and superphysical. The set
of 91 overlapping Trees with 550 SLs (see opposite) will be called the "Cosmic Tree of Life," or "CTOL." This
ladder-like structure is the basis of what is referred in the Old Testament as "Jacob's ladder" (see *Book of Genesis* 28: 10-19).

* Proof: The n-tree is the lowest n Trees in any set of overlapping Trees of Life. Above Tiphareth of the 1-tree (the fifth SL from its nadir) are six more SLs up to Kether of this Tree. Each successive, higher Tree adds six SLs. The number of SLs up to Kether of the nth Tree = 6n + 5. One of the differences between n overlapping Trees and the lowest n Trees of any set of N overlapping Trees (N>n) is that Daath of the nth Tree in the former becomes Yesod of the (n+1)th Tree in the latter. As Daath is not a Sephirah, Daath of the highest Tree in any set of n overlapping Trees must not be counted as an SL. It means that the number of SLs in n overlapping Trees of Life = 6n + 5 - 1 = 6n + 4.

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